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NHPR: Breaking Down the Brain

Scientists at the University of Illinois report that they have mapped the physical architecture of the brain with accuracy never before achieved. Their study, published in Brain: A Journal of Neurology is the largest, most comprehensive analysis so far of the brain structures vital to general intelligence –which depends on a remarkably circumscribed neural system […]

HealthDay News: Researchers Map Brain Regions Linked to Intelligence

Study of head injury patients helps identify regions involved in thinking abilities The physical architecture of intelligence in the brain has been mapped by scientists who used brain injury patients to conduct their research. The findings provide new insight about the specific brain structures involved in general intelligence and specific skills such as memory and […]

New Scientist: Did Evolution Allow Religion?

Once we had evolved the necessary brain architecture, we could “do” religion, brain scans indicate. The research shows that, to interpret a god’s intentions and feelings, we rely mainly on the same recently evolved brain regions that divine the feelings and intentions of other people. “We’re interested to find where in the brain belief systems […]

NY Times: Religious Thoughts and Feelings Not Limited to One Part of Brain

Brain researchers trying to understand the neural basis of religious belief have concluded that the brain has no special region or network for this task. Rather, it depends on general networks that exist for other purposes. A team led by Dr. Jordan Grafman of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke questioned volunteers about […]

NPR: To The Brain, God Is Just Another Guy

Brain scans of participants thinking about God show activation in the same part of the brain where people empathize with others. One such brain region, called the precuneus (the upper green dot), is also associated with imagination, balancing complex tasks and self-consciousness. The human brain, it appears, responds to God as if he were just […]